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Bill Erwin

  • Highest Rated: 72% The Land Before Time (1988)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Desert Heat (1999)
  • Birthday: Dec 2, 1914
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • One of show-businesses busiest grandfatherly figures, actor Bill Erwin has been appearing in film and television since the early '40s, and as of 2003, he's shown no signs of slowing. His consistently reliable performances in such high-profile efforts as Somewhere in Time (1980), Home Alone (1990), and Forces of Nature (1999) have found Erwin enduring to become one of the most in-demand supporting players around. A Honey Grove, TX, native who earned his bachelor's in journalism at the University of Texas in Austin in 1935, Erwin went on to California to complete his Masters of Theater Arts at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1941. Though a stint in World War II would momentarily put his acting career on hold, Erwin returned stateside to make his film debut in, appropriately enough, the 1941 Phil Silvers comedy You're in the Army Now. Throughout the years, Erwin has appeared in numerous stage productions on both coasts, and repeat performances on such television classics as Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, Growing Pains, and Seinfeld have ensured Erwin's popularity with many generations of television viewers. His role in Seinfeld earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1993. From high-profile releases like Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995) to edgy, low-budget sci-fi movies like Menno's Mind (1996), Erwin has done it all, and equally well. Outside of his film work, Erwin spends his time writing and illustrating cartoons in his North Hollywood home.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet A Crack in the Floor Harold 2001
0% Desert Heat Eli 1999
45% Forces of Nature Murray 1999
No Score Yet Passing Glory The Archbishop 1999
No Score Yet Art House Monty 1998
No Score Yet Menno's Mind Actor 1997
13% Chairman of the Board Landers 1997
No Score Yet Just Your Luck Pops 1996
33% Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead 70-Year-Old Man 1995
27% Dennis the Menace Edward Little 1993
No Score Yet The Magic Bubble Old Man 1992
No Score Yet The Entertainers Sam 1991
No Score Yet Night of the Warrior Coco 1991
65% Home Alone Man in Airport 1990
No Score Yet The Willies Old Guy 1990
72% The Land Before Time Grandfather 1988
No Score Yet Silent Assassins Dr. London 1988
40% She's Having a Baby Grandfather 1988
No Score Yet Invitation to Hell Walt Henderson 1984
No Score Yet Hard Knox Actor 1984
61% Somewhere in Time Arthur 1980
No Score Yet Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo Mr. Schneider 1977
No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Christine Jorgensen Story Pastor 1970
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree Teacher 1963
No Score Yet Cry Baby Killer Mr. Wallace 1958
60% Jet Pilot GAC Sergeant 1957
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money) Man 1951

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Whitey
  • 2004
90% Monk
2002-2009
Hiram Holling
  • 2003
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Ronald Kruickshank
  • 2001
  • 2000
0% The Michael Richards Show
2000
Mr. Flaherty
  • 2000
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Harry
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Mr. Bradbury
  • 1997
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Mr. Foster
  • 1995
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Andy Tucker
  • 1994
  • 1993
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Sid
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest Mr. Hubbard
  • 1992
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Mr. Ferguson
  • 1991
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
D
  • 1991
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
Edgar Janitor Chester/Lester Lloyd Buzz Tailor Bub
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1986
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Dr. Quaice
  • 1990
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Duncan Kennedy
  • 1989
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Massey
  • 1988
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Santa Clarence
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Ted
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
T.J. Wheeler
  • 1982
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Clarence Stovall
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Sen. Rogers Dr. Grover
  • 1981
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Juror Wright Snood
  • 1974
  • 1969
  • 1966
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Bar Patron Man Counterman
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Superintendent Counterman Morris Findlay Paint Store Clerk
  • 1966
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Hotel Clerk
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Peter Kramer Man Wilcox
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
Man
  • 1959

QUOTES FROM Bill Erwin CHARACTERS

Littlefoot's Mother
Now, you be careful, my Littlefoot.
Littlefoot
[yawns]
Grandfather
Ha ha.
Littlefoot's Mother
Beautiful Littlefoot.